Hannah Bury, Natalie Ilsley, Emma Barnes and Jade Munslow Ong have received £4973 from the NorthWest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership for the project South African Modernism as Decolonising Methodology for A-Level English Literature, to run in association with South African Modernism 1880-2020.
Earlier this year, Jade Munslow Ong, Hannah Bury and I taught a series of A-Level workshops on Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm (1883) and South African Modernism (read more about it here). This pilot project generated some excellent outcomes and useful feedback, and we were keen to extend our decolonising activities beyond local colleges and into the next academic year. Forming a cross-institutional research group, Jade, Hannah and myself teamed up with Natalie Ilsley, a PhD student from the University of Manchester. Together, we put together a proposal for the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership ‘Targeted Research Funding,’ which funds projects on the themes of Translation, Play, Widening Participation and Sustainable Research. Attending to the themes of Widening Participation and Sustainable Research, our team devised a follow-on project, entitled South African Modernism as Decolonising Methodology for A-Level English Literature, to run in association with South African Modernism 1880-2020.
Our application was successful and will develop the pilot project in two key ways. First, we aim to produce curriculum-targeted teaching sessions and materials for A-Level English Literature students pursuing the AQA, OCR and Edexcel qualifications as well as the Eduqas syllabus; and second, we aim to work with a greater number of Further Education providers across the North West. The funding will be used to deliver research-led teaching sessions based on South African modernist texts to support and develop decolonised A-Level English Literature learning. The project will run from September 2021-June 2022.